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Contemporary Istanbul 2016 - Modern Side of Turkish Art World

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October 10, 2016

The 11th edition of Contemporary Istanbul, to be held between November 3rd and 6th, will bring together some of the best leading contemporary galleries and artists coming from Turkey and around the world. Contemporary Istanbul 2016 will highlight dynamic and modern scene that has been developing in Istanbul during the recent decades. When it comes to the location of the upcoming event, the event will spread over the 13,600 m2 spaces of Lütfi Kırdar ICEC Rumeli Hall and Istanbul Congress Center.

Contemporary Istanbul is the perfect place for visual arts found in uncoventional museums
Info Desk at Contemporary Istanbul

Bringing Together Regional and Foreign Creatives

Contemporary Istanbul is known for its unique position, both geographically and culturally speaking. The gathering traditionally brings together various galleries and collectors from the entire surrounding region, as well as those coming from far-flung places such as the United States and South Korea. Especially during the recent decades, Turkish contemporary pieces started to flourish and modern imagery is often considered a toolbox for mental hygiene, according to Marc-Olivier Wahler, CI’s artistic advisor.

The map of exhibition and the place changed over years - there are many exciting news.
Map of Istanbul Contemporary 2016

Emerging Galleries and Solo Shows

Gallery Section of the happening will present galleries founded before 2010, while Emerging Gallery Section will showcase galleries founded in the last six years. On the occasion of the 11th edition of the event, there will be more than 60 participating galleries – roughly half of them are Turkish, while the rest of them are coming from the Netherlands, UK, Italy, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Spain, and many more countries. There will be also a curated section dedicated to solo shows of single creators or artist groups – Agnieszka Brzeżańska from Kasia Michalski Gallery, Ahmet Ertuğ from Galeria Senda, Ahmet Sarı from Cep Gallery and Mustafa Pancar from Galeri/Miz.

List of Exhibitors

Akıncı GalleryAmsterdam, The Netherlands
ALAN IstanbulIstanbul, Turkey
AB GallerySeoul, South Korea
ACAFShanghai, China
Analix ForeverGeneva, Switzerland
Aria Art GalleryFlorence, Italy
Art CollectionIstanbul, Turkey
Art On IstanbulIstanbul, Turkey
Berlin Art ProjectsBerlin, Germany
Bozlu Art ProjectIstanbul, Turkey
C24New York, The United States
C.A.M. GaleriIstanbul, Turkey
CEP GalleryIstanbul, Turkey
Daire GaleriIstanbul, Turkey
D’artIstanbul, Turkey
Dastan's BasementTehran, Iran
DirimartIstanbul, Turkey
Gaia GalleryIstanbul, Turkey
Galeri 77Istanbul, Turkey
Galeri ArtistIstanbul, Turkey
Galerie Michael SchultzBerlin, Germany; Seoul, South Korea; Beijing, China
Galeri/MizIstanbul, Turkey
Galeri MerkurIstanbul, Turkey
Galeri NevIstanbul, Turkey
Galeri Siyah BeyazAnkara, Turkey
Galeri ZilbermanIstanbul, Turkey
Galeria Joan GasparBarcelona, Spain
Galleria RussoRome, Italy
Galerie LelongParis, France
GaleristIstanbul, Turkey
Gallery OneRamallah, Palestine
Gama GalleryIstanbul, Turkey
Isabel Croxatto GaleríaSantiago, Chile
Karavil ContemporaryLondon, UK
Kasia MichalskiWarsaw, Poland
König GalerieBerlin, Germany
KRANK Art GalleryIstanbul, Turkey
Licht Feld GalleryBasel, Switzerland
Liquid Art SystemCapri, Italy
M17 ContemporaryKiev, Ukraine
Marina GisichSt. Petersburg, Russia
Mark Hachem GalleryParis, France; Beirut, Lebanon
Marlborough GalleryNew York, The United States
MixerIstanbul, Turkey
Öktem & AykutIstanbul, Turkey
Olcay ArtIstanbul, Turkey
Pg Art GalleryIstanbul, Turkey
Pi ArtworksIstanbul, Turkey; London, UK
Piramid SanatIstanbul, Turkey
RED Art IstanbulIstanbul, Turkey
REM Art SpaceIstanbul, Turkey
Savina GalleryMoscow, Russia
Galeria SendaBarcelona, Spain
SODA GalleryIstanbul, Turkey
Versus Art ProjectIstanbul, Turkey
Víctor Lope Arte ContemporáneoBarcelona, Spain
Villa del Arte GalleriesBarcelona, Spain
XavierlaboulbenneBerlin, Germany
X-istIstanbul, Turkey
Zorzini GalleryBucharest, Romania
55bellechasseParis, France
Project DesignIstanbul, Turkey
MintIstanbul, Turkey
Future is Blank DesignIstanbul, Turkey
Toz DesignIstanbul, Turkey
ECNP GalleryIstanbul, Turkey


Plugin Section is the part of Istanbul Contemporary dedicated to new media art, such as multimedia and digital creations. It is open to various experimental galleries, museums, design and architectural studios known as the masterminds of the digital field. Plugin revolves around the idea of Networked Space as a mode of artistic production which enhances the contact between our imagination and consciousness. The subject of networks is approached in an epistemological way, through the investigation of the structures of our digitalized reality.

Plugin is an additional section in this year's exhibition scene.
Aisha Khalid – I am and I am not, 2016

Collectors’ Stories

Collectors’ Stories is the new section of the event and it consists of artworks carefully selected by 60 collectors from their private collections. It provides a comprehensive insight into the artistic taste of modern collectors and it helps aspiring creatives and enthusiasts understand better the current market. Collector’s Stories will bring together the most diverse attitudes, preferences and collections, with the aim of supporting and cultivating a curatorial spirit. This important show will be followed by a book published by CI Publications. This book is featuring helpful photographs and information about the collections and works and it will be the first of its kind to document modern artworks in private collections in Turkey.

Collectors' stories is a new section this year, which aims at clarifying the art scene.
Murat Morova – Untitled, 2016

CI Design and Dialogues: News Related to Crossover Forms

CI Design is another new section of Contemporary Istanbul. It focuses on applied arts and unique design pieces. CI Design is organized to coincide with the Istanbul Design Biennial, which will be held from October 22nd until December 4th. The main objective of CI Design section is the investigation of crossover forms, which form a bridge between fine arts and design. The entire section and exhibition will be curated by Dr. Marcus Graf, who will bring together more than 50 most influential writers and curators, who will take part in an engaging discussion about the importance of contemporary creations. The program will take place between November 2nd and 5th and it will offer innovative perspectives and reflections on the meaning of contemporary art and its role within the modern society we’re living in.

Location of Contemporary Istanbul 2016

Contemporary Istanbul 2016 – Practical Information

Contemporary Istanbul is opening for preview by invitation only on November 2nd, while it will welcome the general public from November 3rd to 6th. The hours will be from 11am until 8pm on Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th, and 11am to 7pm on the closing day, Sunday 6th. The price of the general admission ticket will be 40 TL (12 EUR) and 20 TL (6 EUR) for students on November 3rd and 4th. On November 5th and 6th, the price of the regular ticket will be 40 TL (12 EUR) from 11am until 16.00pm and 50 TL (15 EUR) from 16pm until 20pm. For students, the tickets for the last two days will be 20 TL (6 EUR) from 11am until 16pm and 25 TL (8 EUR) from 16pm until 20pm. The main venue is located at the ICC, Istanbul Congress Centre. For more information about this event to be held in Istanbul in November, please visit the official website.

All images courtesy of Istanbul Contemporary.